Understanding the Value of Art in Our Lives

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All too often we’re guilty of associating art with quiet, study museums. This is so far from reality.  We are surrounded by a multitude of art forms every day.  That perfectly shaped oak tree in your neighbor’s yard is art. While not created with paint and a brush, it’s a marvel of nature and can certainly be appreciated in much the same way as art in a museum.  A growing trend in inner city revitalization has been the emergence of urban art.  Whimsical fountains and murals on city buildings are all forms of urban art.  The logos on the letterhead from your correspondence with your bank, a company’s customer service or city parks are all forms of artwork.

Commit to taking a Saturday and exploring the various forms of art in your community.  Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupon, invest in a pair of comfortable, stylish, walking shoes from Eddie Bauer and start to explore the various art forms in your neighborhood. Grab a friend or family member to join you on your art adventure.  Nearly every community has a historical museum or collection of historical artifacts that tell the story of the people, economy and life in a different era. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn and how it will change your perspective on everyday life.  Many times, libraries in smaller town will display art works from local emerging artists. From sculpture, to water color to abstract, these pieces are also a reflection of the talent that lies right in your own community.

For an even greater immersion into the world of art, plan a trip to a larger city. Our nation’s capital is home to some of the largest collections of artwork and historical pieces in the country. An added benefit is that most of the museums in Washington DC are free to the public. You don’t need to be an art history major to appreciate the abundance of talent that’s on display in these museums.

Consider the impact of theater and music as art forms. In a busy urban area, street performers provide a fun, and free, glimpse into the world of performing arts.  Whether it’s a pantomime, a drum player or soloists, allow yourself to revel in their talents.  Enjoy your journey into the world of art!